11:15 AM EDT 11/20/2013
Originally posted 06/26/2013 03:30PM
A couple weeks ago, Good Morning America asked if they could interview me about rapper Papa Joe's dramatic weight loss. Joe's story had a unique twist – he had lost 250 pounds in 18 months eating a healthy diet of food he bought exclusively at his local 99-cent store.
I've long said that cost doesn't have to be a roadblock to eating well, but Papa Joe's claim surprised even me. Up until recently, I imagined dollar stores full of off-brand cookies and potato chips, coffee mugs with misspelled sentiments, and milk that was almost certainly expired.
Lo and behold, I was way wrong!
Originally posted 06/19/2013 04:00PM
Those of you that regularly read my blog know I'm a self-confessed chocoholic.
Chocolate chip cookies, cakes, brownies, icing … and I've even been known to eat Nutella straight from the jar when I'm having a cheat meal.
Well, a growing body of research may actually support my habit. It seems that a couple of cocoa rich "hits" each week may have some health benefits.
Originally posted 06/12/2013 03:30PM
One of the many reasons I love my wife ... she is a fantastic cook!
Yesterday, she made me my two of my favorite snacks – and a delicious lunch.
I thought it would only be fair if I shared the recipes with you. They all take no more than five minutes of prep time, and with the exception of the baked apple, require little to no cooking time.
Plus: Each snack is under 150 calories. (The tuna melts, designed to be a single serving for lunch, only have 343 calories.) And all are loaded with protein and fiber, which helps you feel fuller longer. I hope you enjoy!
Originally posted 06/05/2013 01:40PM
How many calories are in these dishes? (The answers are at the end of the article.)
Panera Bread: Sierra Turkey sandwich
Cheesecake Factory: Chicken costoletta
Cheesecake Factory: Bistro shrimp pasta
Olive Garden: Chicken and shrimp carbonara
Chili's: Chili Cheese Fries
Dunkin Donuts: Coffee Coolata
Last week my wife Jessica and I went out for dinner to a well know national chain restaurant. Jess had a salad with grilled chicken and I had a small vegetable soup and a shrimp stir fry. Feeling good about our orders, we decided to peruse the nutritional info on the menu as we waited for our meals to arrive.
We were flabbergasted when we realized we were about to eat two and a half times the calories we had expected to eat. My "healthy" stir-fry had nearly 1,100 calories and my Jess's "light" salad was a whopping 900 calories! Needless to say, we, like many Americans, grossly underestimated the caloric value of our meals.
Originally posted 05/29/2013 04:00PM
MTV Europe just released its list of the 15 best butts in Hollywood. Whether you agree with the selections – or the fact that this list actually exists – is up to you. Regardless, it has definitely stirred up many opinions.
From Nicki Minaj to Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez to Jessica Biel, the star backsides take many different shapes and sizes.
Not surprisingly, this is the area my clients tend to focus on most. It’s one part you really can't fake. Sure, you can wear those ridiculous padded underwear, but the truth is you're probably not fooling anyone but yourself – especially in a bikini.
Originally posted 05/22/2013 02:45PM
Recently, Angelina Jolie revealed that she "decided to be proactive" and underwent a preventive double mastectomy upon discovering she had the gene that would most likely cause her to develop breast cancer.
I enjoy her movies and admire her work with the U.N., but I truly respect her for being such an incredible role model for women who are faced with similar odds.
Arguably one of the most beautiful women in the world, Angelina is redefining femininity, beauty, strength, and setting an example of how WE can make decisions and take actions that can actually increase our span and quality of life.
For many, Angelina's surgery (and her plan to undergo another surgery to remove her ovaries) may seem hard to relate to, and somewhat extreme. Not all of us are faced with the odds that Angelina faces (or should I say, DID face).
Originally posted 05/15/2013 03:00PM
Is seven minutes of exercise all you need to get red-carpet ready?
A few years ago, the U.S. government came up with a set of pretty aggressive guidelines that every American should meet for physical activity. The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommended that adults get at least 2.5 hours each week of moderate-intensity, aerobic activity, such as walking, or 1 hour and 15 minutes a week of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity, such as jogging, or a combination of both.
The guidelines also recommended adults do muscle-strengthening activities at least two or more days every week.
Originally posted 05/08/2013 03:00PM
I'm constantly scouring scientific journals so I can stay on the cutting edge of all things nutrition, fitness and health, and that way keep my clients informed.
As a result, I often come across several interesting studies that I think readers of this blog will find helpful and relevant to their own health goals. So this week, I'm going to give you the highlights of a few new studies that I find newsworthy.
Originally posted 05/01/2013 12:35PM
I'm about as bad at gardening as I am at fishing (or any other outdoor hunter/gatherer activity).
Regardless, my curiosity got the best of me when I saw the sprawling fruit and vegetable garden at my friend Maria Menounos's house. From eggplants and carrots, to lemons and lettuce, she has a cornucopia of crops in her backyard.
Not one for treadmills or spin classes, Maria finds an hour of gardening a few times a week not only gets her heart rate up, but she gets to eat more nutritious, and often, better tasting food.
Where do I sign up?
Originally posted 04/24/2013 04:15PM
My name is Harley, and I love chocolate chip cookies.
In fact, I love cookies and chips and pretzels and scones and muffins and chocolate bars and … you get the picture.
Thats why it's essential I don't let myself get hungry between meals, because that's when I'm vulnerable. If I'm hungry, guess what I'm going to reach for as a snack: WHATEVER I CAN! (Most likely one of the above.)
Smart snacking can help me avoid being hungry between meals, and, therefore, also avoid temptation. Snacking the right way can help you in many ways, too!
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